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  • Keywords
    • Travel,
    • Love and loss,
    • Life and death,
    • Poetry collection,
    • Nature,
    • Essays,
    • Memoir

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Arcade of Memory
by Howard Giskin

“The passing of years seems a ruse of the gods, for only yesterday I was playing in the sand.” Memory is a strange thing. A fragile patchwork of recollection. A dream that fades after waking. Arcade of Memory is a beautiful collection of essays, poems, and short stories that explores the notion of memory, drawing from the author’s experiences traveling throughout the world. Essays examine memory and the act of making meaning. Poems, written in the style of Japanese tanka, draw inspiration from global culture. Short stories use history as a springboard for contemplating the mysteries of life. This lyrical, thoughtful collection reminds us that our personal past is a mythical land, which can only be visited through recollection and imagination.

"A choir of voices emerges in the short stories, weaving in threads from bygone eras and paintings that come to life. Descriptions of characters’ desires, regrets, and delights emphasize emotion over objectivity. The result is dreamy work that imparts a sense that there is more to life than meets the eye.... Arcade of Memory is an in-depth literary collection in which beautiful places and thoughtful personalities, past and present, are engaged." - Review by Mari Carlson. 5/5 Star Foreword Clarion Review

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Howard Giskin pulls from his experiences in nature, reflections from his worldwide travels, and studies in the arts, philosophy, and science to fuel his writing. Howard’s preferred style honors the open form of the essay freeing the writer to see where their writing takes them, creating surprises for the writer and reader alike. Howard’s previous books include Arcade of Memory (2019), Murmurings (2017), An Introduction to Chinese Culture through the Family (2001), and Chinese Folktales (1997). Howard and his wife, Vicki, live in the Philippines, along with their two cats.


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